As most Kenyans welcomed the New Year in dance and feast, a man in Kabati village, Murang’a county, brought together diverse communities living in the area to celebrate years of unity and diversity.
Murigi Njogu brought together Kisii, Luo, Maasai, Luhya, Kamba and Kikuyu communities through their elders in a New Year dinner that comprised elderly men, women, youth and children, all seeking continued cohesion.
The ceremony, which saw 20 white goats slaughtered, had the different communities eat together with an aim of preaching peace and tranquillity even as the political stalemate in the country remains unresolved following constant threats by Nasa leadership to swear themselves in.
Njogu said ethnic polarisation and political power struggles had caused high tribal tension and ethnic conflicts in some parts of the country each election year, urging Kenyans to embrace forgiveness and reconciliation in the New Year. He added that mistrust between neighbours from different communities and at times social and communal segregation along tribal lines was a threat to national security.
However, Njogu acknowledged the resilience exhibited by Murang’a residents over the years, describing the community as close knit where neighbours share everything including, water, food, schools, hospitals and even inter-marry.
“Kenyans suffered many losses in 2017 because of individualistic politicking. I urge politicians to give Kenyans peace, allow them to peacefully go back to their businesses because we need to recharge our deteriorating economy,” he said.
Elders at the event called for less politicking this year, maintaining that peace is the pillar of development, thereby, requesting Kenyans to embrace unity and purpose to better their nation by putting aside selfish tribal quests.
The elders asked Kenyans to concentrate on massive food production to better the economy by ensuring food security. They said food security will ensure return of the stability the country was enjoying before the political season came into play.
“We fought out colonialism to be peaceful. Kenya cannot be led by two presidents and those plotting to divide Kenya should be ready to brace for the wrath of elders,” said 93-year-old Kamau Wamwangi.